Overview

Pectin is a fiber found in fruits. It is often used as a thickener in cooking and baking. It is also sometimes used to make medicine.

People use pectin for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heartburn, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Pectin was used for years in combination with kaolin (Kaopectate) to control diarrhea. However, in April 2003, the FDA found that scientific evidence does not support the use of pectin for diarrhea. Since April 2004, pectin has not been permitted as an anti-diarrhea agent in over-the-counter (OTC) products. As a result, Kaopectate no longer contains pectin and kaolin.

How does it work ?

Pectin binds substances in the intestine and adds bulk to the stools.

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